PhD in Armenian Studies and Digital Humanities, University of Bern

Publish Date: Apr 13, 2015

Deadline: May 15, 2015

ID: 8841

Kategorie: Wissenschaft

Funktion: Ph.D. position, Digital Humanities / Armenian Studies

Institution: Digital Humanities, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities

Digital Humanities at the University of Bern invites applications for a three-year, fixed-term doctoral position in the field of digital philology or Armenian studies. The aim of the project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, is to create a digital platform for the edition, analysis, annotation, and presentation of a medieval historical text and to present in this way the twelfth-century Armenian-language Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa. The goals of the project are both to produce a critical edition and translation of a historical text, and to push the boundaries of digital methodology for how critical scholarly text is represented and modelled in a computer environment. The role of the Ph.D. student in this project will depend on his or her background; either a specialist in Armenian studies or a specialist in Digital Humanities would be appropriate.

- Completed Master′s degree in a field relevant to Digital Humanities, with a focus on medieval studies.
- Good knowledge of web technologies (HTML, CSS, and Javascript)
- Experience with XML markup, in particular with the Text Encoding Initiative guidelines
- Some experience in computer programming in either Python or Perl
- Knowledge of at least one ancient or medieval written language
- Willingness to learn the classical Armenian language

- Completed Master′s degree in a field relevant to medieval Near Eastern history
- Good knowledge of the classical Armenian language
- Some experience with digital technology (e.g. web publishing, Filemaker or Access databases, or similar)
- Willingness to learn the principles of text encoding and computer programming

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, the names of two referees, and a one- to two-page description of the relevant work you have done as part of your master′s degree.

Questions about the post may be addressed to Tara Andrews ( Applications, and questions about the application process, may be addressed to Thomas Leibundgut (

You will work in the newly-established Digital Humanities programme, with the support of a small project team, with links to the growing community of textual scholars and philologists at the University of Bern. You will have the opportunity to develop all necessary technical skills through the Digital Humanities curriculum at Bern and through external training schools where necessary, as well as to develop the needed philological and language skills.

Pensum: 50%, salary according to SNF guidelines 
Stellenantritt: 1. July 2015 or by arrangement. 
Befristung: Three years 
Bewerbungsfrist: 15. May 2015 
Kontaktadresse: Muesmattsrasse 45
3012 Bern
Kontaktperson: Thomas Leibundgut

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